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St. Vincent

Published in S
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:25
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence, sex scene and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A modern-day saint.

  • Starring

    Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard, Jaeden Lieberher, Kimberly Quinn

  • Directed by

    Theodore Melfi

  • Running time

    102 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are slapped, punched, slammed against a wall, bullied, accidentally injured (hammers thumb/hits head/cuts hand), hit with an object. A man teaches a boy how to fight. Drink-driving, theft, home invasion. Vietnam War photographs. Objects thrown, smashed, damaged; broken glass. Arguing, yelling. Hitler mentioned. Blood/gore: Collapsed man. Bloody hand, face, nose. Broken nose. Bandages. Medical procedures (brain scan, CAT scan, examination). Cancer, tumours, cysts, clots mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple has bedroom sex. Breast-grabbing. Woman in lingerie/underwear, cleavage. Prostitution, pole-dancing/stripping. Shirtless men (photograph). Infidelity mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, beer). Smoking. Gambling (horse racing). Prescription pills. Bar, racetrack settings.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Slang for bodily functions/genitals. Derogatory terms for women, disabled people. Cultural, racial, gender, age stereotypes. Obscene finger gestures. Religious exclamations, prayer.

  • THEMES

    Neighbours, rolemodels, loneliness, debt, religion, babysitting, pregnancy, allergies, unlikely friendships, divorce, mother-son relationships, single-parenting, influences, stroke, therapy, dementia, school projects, self-defense, shiftwork, responsibility.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased wife, divorce. Relationship breakup, child custody, adoption, infertility mentioned. Bar, strip club, hospital settings. Cat, horses, pigeons. Fish eaten. Toilets, urination. Some Spanish language (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Charming, moving, crowd-pleasing, tragi-comic, heart-tugging, affecting, likeable, funny, resonant. Fantastic performances, genuine chemistry between leads, coherent/sympathetic characters, refreshingly unorthodox, strong/funny screenplay, unexpected dramatic turns, feel-good finale, scene beneath closing credits is a highlight.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Predictable, formulaic, sappy, mawkish, uneven, sentimental, clichéd, contrived. Questionable accents, Naomi Watts is miscast, ordinary direction, mild jokes.

Prisoners

Published in P
Monday, 30 September 2013 04:11
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Will hold you captive.

  • Starring

    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Dylan Minnette, Zoe Borde

  • Directed by

    Denis Villeneuve

  • Running time

    153 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Children kidnapped, a man commits suicide (gunshot). People are shot, punched, tormented, shoved, wrestled, threatened at gunpoint, bound, gagged, hooded, tortured, threatened with objects, beaten, pursued, head-slammed. Home invasions, property damage, smashed objects. An animal is shot, an animal is near-choked. Head-on collision, smashed windscreen, dangerous driving. Suicide mentioned (newspaper report). A television plays a war movie (planes, bombs, explosions, soldiers). Arguing, shouting, screaming. Sex offenders, killing children, abducting children, pornography mentioned. Blood/gore: Animal corpse, animal head. Human corpse tied to chair. Bloody cuts, bloody faces, blood on clothing, bloody hands, bloody bullet wound, split lip, severe swelling, bruising, bandage. Evidence photos (blood-splattered clothing).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Sedated child. Child injected with unknown drug (hypodermic needle seen entering skin). Prescription pills. Abducted child drugged with LSD mentioned. Alcohol (wine, spirits), inebriation.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Regional, cultural, disability stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Missing children, kidnapping, survival, police investigation, crime scene, vigilante justice, desperation, suspicion, moral dilemmas, Thanksgiving, family, sobriety, inadequacy, helplessness, righteousness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital setting. Video of missing child. Estranged husband, step-father, deceased parents, deceased child (cancer) mentioned. Rat, dogs, snakes, flies. Snake phobia mentioned. Slicing deer meat.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Spellbinding, effective, tense, unflinching, riveting, exciting, cathartic, powerful, disturbing, potent, ambitious, complex, grisly, gruesome, unnerving, triumphant, brilliant, nail-biting, graphic, violent, dark, engrossing, brooding, visceral, compelling, fascinating, sombre, twisting, intense, exhilarating. Rich, twisting script. Outstanding performances, vivid characters, wrenching subject-matter, formidable editing, haunting score, immaculate tone, masterly film-making, excellent cast, rousing ending, visually eloquent, emotionally bruising.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Exhausting, relentless, humourless, claustrophobic, bleak. Third act strains credibility.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Published in L
Thursday, 29 August 2013 02:20
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Serves it up on a platter.

  • Starring

    Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Liev Schreiber, David Banner, Michael Rainey Jnr, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Gleason, Isaac White, David Oyelowo, Terrence Howard, Tyson Ford, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Olivia Washington, James Marsden, Clarence Williams III

  • Directed by

    Lee Daniels

  • Running time

    132 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A woman is raped (implied), a man is executed. People are beaten, kicked, shoved, slapped, mocked, bullied, tormented, racially abused, burned with hot liquid, shot at. Rioting, explosions, burning debris, brawling, broken glass, burning vehicle, arson. Rifles fired, gunshots heard, Molotov cocktail thrown, break-and-enter. Television footage of protestors (trampled, beaten, pursued, dragged), racial abuse. Yelling, arguing, screaming. Vietnam war footage (explosions, soldiers, gunfire). MLK murder, JFK assassination, slavery, concentration camps, apartheid, racial oppression, killed kids, murdered neighbour (shot), terrorism, gutting, killing mentioned. Blood/gore: Hanged corpses, bloody corpse, bloody hand, dripping blood. Swelling, bruising, bandages, wound-dressing.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless man. Half-naked couple beneath sheets. Skimpy dancewear, cleavage. Kissing. Innuendo. A wife cheats on her husband.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, champagne, wine, cocktails, spirits), intoxication, alcoholic wife/mother. Being passed out drunk mentioned. Smoking. Gambling (cards). Prescription pills seen.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, n-word, b*tch, p*ss. Racial abuse, derogatory slang, name-calling, mocking. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, class, racial, ethnic stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Servitude, civil rights, black power, white supremacy, equality, Freedom Riders, Black Panthers, US politics, slavery, racism, bigotry, prejudice, sit-ins, protest, biography, father-son relationships, cotton-picking, Eugene Allen, the White House, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, Ku Klux Klan, dignity, subservience, conflict, bitterness, survival, 1970s America, Birmingham riots, Kennedy assassination, infidelity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    A child sees his father murdered (shot), mother raped (off-camera). Deceased father, deceased son/brother, deceased wife, son in jail. Passed out drunk, financial problems mentioned. Cemetery, church, jail cell settings. Cat, parrot, horses, dogs, aquarium fish, thunder, lightning. Man on toilet, spitting. Roast chicken, ham eaten. Inspired by A Butler Well Served by this Election by Wil Haygood, an article published in 2008 in the Washington Post.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Familiar, welcoming, radical, nuanced, melodramatic, alluring, anxious, sweeping, moving, remarkable, exhilarating, affecting, blunt, gut-wrenching, character-driven. Phenomenal performances, dazzling cast, definitive period detail, potent re-creation of horrific historic events.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Histrionic. Robin Williams is distracting, unconvincing as Eisenhower. Dressed-up history, covers too much ground, lacks humour, too fictionalised.

On The Road

Published in O
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 08:53
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes.

  • The pitch

    A novel story.

  • Starring

    Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Terrence Howard, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Steve Buscemi

  • Directed by

    Walter Salles

  • Running time

    124 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Car theft. Man explains how he was imprisoned for stabbing a boy. Speeding ticket, stealing petrol and groceries, police bribery. Suicide, killing discussed. Pistol fired. Dangerous driving. A man tells a story of a woman shooting her husband twice. A pregnant woman kicks her husband/baby's father out of home. Yelling. Blood/gore: Man with a bandaged foot, missing toe. Reddened needle tracks. A man tells a child that bats use big teeth to suck the blood out of squirrels.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man and a woman have sex in front of her child (sex noises, motions). Sex noises, threesomes. Two men have sex. Sex, homosexuality discussed frequently. A man talks about oral sex, having an orgy. A woman performs (implied) fellatio in front of onlookers, gives simultaneous hand-jobs to two men.Two men visit a brothel. Kissing. Infidelity. Nudity: Naked men seen from behind. Many topless women. Women in underwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People frequently smoke joints, take Benzadrine. Opium, heroin mentioned. Belt around arm, needle tracks seen. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, derogatory insults, slang for genitalia and bodily functions. Name-calling. Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Jack Kerouac's On The Road, 1940s America, friendship, writing, travel, relationships, freedom, rebellion, anti-establishment, responsibility, parenting, hedonism, lust.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral (father), cemetery settings. Chicken, cat, rabbit, goats, pig heads. Turkey, ham eaten. Hitchhiking, urination. Divorce, cancer mentioned. A man shivers/hallucinates from dysentery.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Solid performances. Innovative use of material. Captures the evanescence of Kerouac's characters. Richly photographed. Achieves jagged, episodic feel of the book.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Lacks verve, falls flat.

Dead Man Down

Published in D
Thursday, 09 May 2013 06:42
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch

    Revenge is pieced together.

  • Starring

    Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper, Isabelle Huppert, Luis Da Silva Jr, Stu Bennett, Franky G, Declan Mulvey, John Cenatiempo, Roy James Wilson, Myles Humphus, Stephen Hill, F Murray Abraham

  • Directed by

    Niels Arden Oplev

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (handguns, assault rifles, submachine guns, shotguns), kidnapped, blindfolded, tied up, tackled, pushed, slapped, punched, strangled, threatened at gunpoint, thrown. A man is thrown through a window, hung by the neck. Sniper. Car accident/drunk driver (mentioned). Murdered wife/niece, daughter (mentioned). Smashed glass. Dangerous driving. A teenager throws a rock at a woman. A drunk man tries to kiss a woman who pushes him away. A door is kicked in. A vehicle drives through a house. Homemade bombs, explosions, fireball. Man on fire. Screaming. Mexican standoff. Blood/gore: Frozen corpse, hanging corpse, fresh corpses. Bloody faces, heads, clothing, objects, bullet wounds, cuts. Facial disfiguration, scars, bruising. Bandages, sling. Eyebrow-plucking.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man has sex with a prostitute (moaning, movements). Kissing. Reference to masturbation. Crude banter.Women in underwear. Female bottom. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Cocaine is measured, bagged. Reference to marijuana (grass). Alcohol (beer, wine), intoxication. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, d*ck. Name-calling, ridiculing, mocking. Religious references. Ethnic stereotyping.

  • THEMES

    Revenge, murder, plots, blackmail, surveillance, obsession, betrayal, grief, secrets, dating.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Cemetery setting (day, night). Deceased wife/niece, daughter mentioned, seen in flashback.  Deceased brother. Rats, rat attack, rabbit's foot (keyring). Russian and French dialogue (subtitled). High aerial camera angle toward streetview.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Entertaining, good plot twists, great cast, brooding visuals. Story unravels slowly. Intriguing mix of American and European storytelling.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Terrible script, dialogue. Ludicrous plot inconsistencies. Can be difficult to follow.

Iron Man

Published in I
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 00:32
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  • Rating

    M: Moderate action violence.

  • The pitch

    Tony Stark discovers better-suited weapons technology.

  • Starring

    Robert Downey Jnr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Jon Favreau, Shaun Toub, Leslie Bibb, Faran Tahir, Clark Gregg, Sayed Badreya, Tom Morello

  • Directed by

    Jon Favreau

  • Running time

    126 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A convoy of vehicles ambushed in Afghanistan. Explosions, gunfire. Hooded man held at gunpoint. An advanced missile is demonstrated; terrain explodes. Attempted drowning, (torture). Burning tongue/mouth (threatened). Weapons seen/used include: machine guns, submachine guns, rocket launchers, flame throwers, rifles, grenade launchers, heavy weapons, flares. People are shot, beaten, punched, kicked, burned, kidnapped, thrown through the air, threatened, terrorised, doused in flame retardant, fall from extreme heights. Objects/vehicles/aircraft/glass get smashed, kicked in, blown up. Dangerous driving, vehicle collision/explosion, rider knocked off motorcycle. A man is dragged beneath a car. Screaming. A father is beaten in front of his family. Blood/gore: Blood splatter. Blood on faces, heads, limbs, clothing. Bloody cuts, injuries, scratches, grazes. Chest operation, shrapnel removed, veins visible beneath skin. Nose tube, chest bandage. Corpses. Pus, cardiac arrest (mentioned). Severe burns. Dead animal in photograph.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    One-night stand (foreplay, kissing). Sexual innuendo. Nude women beneath sheets (implied). Skimpy clothing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits, champagne, sake). Gambling (casino setting, craps). Smoking (cigar). A man is medically sedated via a mask. A device causes short-term paralysis.

  • LANGUAGE

    A-words, son-of-a-b*tch, pr*ck. Name-calling. Cultural, gender, sexual stereotyping. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Comic-book heroes, US military, terrorism, weapons, advanced robotics, genius, hedonism, kidnapping, hostages, press reporting, extremists, radical fundamentalism, weapons-building, disarmament, ambush, risk-taking, destruction, betrayal, morality.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Afghanistan setting. Deceased father (car accident) is mentioned. Dead family (mentioned). Nazis, The Manhattan Project, Hindenburg, atomic bomb (mentioned). Arabic language (translated), Hungarian. Dogs. Helicopters, military aircraft, robot wars. Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Robert Downey Jnr. Convincing special effects, flashy gadgetry. Terrific chemistry between cast members. Witty.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Clichéd, momentum lags slightly.

The Company You Keep

Published in T
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 01:42
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    You can't escape your past no matter how far you jog.

  • Starring

    Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho, Terrence Howard, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Chris Cooper

  • Directed by

    Robert Redford

  • Running time

    125 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Television news footage of Vietnam War (explosions, guns) and Stateside protesting (mob-fighting; people are dragged, beaten with sticks; police brutality). Bomb plots (mentioned). CCTV footage of botched bank robbery where a man is shot and killed. Handguns are pointed at people. Fugitives are handcuffed. Government murder, skulls cracked, kids being murdered by the government, the draft (mentioned). Ransacked apartment. Yelling, raised voices.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple are seen in a bedroom with sheets wrapped around them (sex is implied).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Smoking (mentioned). Poker (mentioned). Doing hash (mentioned). Wrapped packages of marijuana are handled. A criminal drug conviction is mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ssed. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Radicalism, Weather Underground, protest, fugitives, abandonment, bribery, corruption, government oppression, single-parenting, family, commitment, extremist groups, the draft, genocide, loyalty, homeland terrorism, innocence, identity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    A deceased mother/wife is mentioned (car accident). Adoption. Beluga whales. A dead fish is seen in a newspaper picture. Remote woodland/isolated cabin setting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Big-name cast. Mildly interesting. Moody score. Robust story-telling.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Slow-paced. Flimsy premise. Drab and forgettable. Implausible. Weak ending. Missed opportunities. Talent is underused.